Grandfather receives award for rescue
David Mitchell, a 64-year-old
grandfather from Buntingford, was recently awarded
the prestigious Life Saving Medal of the Order of St John
in Bronze at the Priory Church, Clerkenwell, London.
Quick to react
The award was in recognition of Mr Mitchell’s quick
thinking last July when he rescued a man whose car had
stopped precariously at the edge of a Cambridgeshire river after
crashing through a brick wall.
The first-aider, who joined St John Ambulance in
1966, was visiting Houghton Mill in Cambridgeshire when he
heard a car crash. He ran to assist the driver, crawled into
the car to reach the unconscious patient and then shouted for
He said: ‘Instantly, I realised that the man’s life was
in danger as the water was rising and I knew there was a
real risk of the car flipping and potentially taking us both
David’s quick thinking and calm assistance on the day undoubtedly made a significant difference to the casualty’s outcome.
Head of Priory Affairs, St John
Mr Mitchell checked the driver’s responses and airways and
with the help of bystanders placed the victim on the river bank and
examined him for injuries. The man quickly regained
consciousness suffering only a few cuts and a nose bleed.
‘In training we are always told not to put our own lives in
danger, but with goose bumps and shaking hands there was no
way I was going to leave the man in the car to drown.’
Organisers of the medal, who make similar presentations up to
three times per year, say they were impressed by Mr Mitchell’s
calm and effective actions and are keen to
acknowledge him with such a notable award.
‘David’s quick thinking and calm assistance on the day
undoubtedly made a significant difference to the
casualty’s outcome,’ said Sandra Stocker, Head of Priory Affairs
for St John.